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posted Friday, December 28, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 52
Pope should practice what he preaches
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Pope should practice what he preaches

by D'Anne Witkowski - SGN Contributing Writer

There are a lot of things that threaten world peace: The ready availability of assault rifles. The military-industrial complex. Terrorism. Chemical weapons. Nuclear arms. Global warming. Religious intolerance. Greed. Power-hungry dictators. The war on drugs. Vast economic inequality. You know, just to name a few little things.

But I can't help but feel like I'm forgetting something. Something else as terrible as a dictator killing his own people or a suicide bomber or an elementary school full of dead children & Oh! I've got it: a guy marrying another guy (or a lady marrying another lady).

But don't take my word for it. Take it from Pope Benedict XVI, who said as much in his Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace (which is January 1, by the way, in case you wanted to celebrate).

After decrying abortion and saying that pro-choice people are actively working against happiness and peace, he turned his attention to the Gays. "There is," he said, "a need to acknowledge and promote the natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the face of attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different types of union. Such attempts actually harm and help to destabilize marriage, obscuring its specific nature and its indispensable role in society."

GAYS: THREAT TO PEACE?
He added that homosexuality was basically "an offense against the truth of the human person, with serious harm to justice and peace."

Got that? A woman marrying another woman is the moral equivalent to a suicide bomber. Homos are ruining marriage, and therefore peace, for everybody. Boo.

Apparently not satisfied with calling out the Gays during his December 8 "peace" speech, the pope wagged his gnarled finger at them again during his Christmas speech.

What it comes down to is that Benedict is pretty freaked out about all of the gains Gays and Lesbians have made toward marrying for real in this world, including in heavily Christian countries. And so he used his Christmas speech to accuse Gays and Lesbians of flipping the bird to God.

KNOW YOUR ROLE
Thanks to homos, the pope said, gender is "no longer a given element of nature that man has to accept and personally make sense of - it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society."

In other words, God assigned you a role, damn it. You're either a woman who wants a penis in her vagina or you're a man who wants to put his penis into a vagina. For peace.

This penis/vagina "duality," he went on, is "an essential aspect of what being human is all about."

"When freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God," Benedict asserted.

Being Gay, in the pope's eyes, is a choice - and a bad one at that.

All this coming from a man who himself has eschewed traditional marriage in favor of an alternative lifestyle.

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